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has been made against paul ciancia, the man that opened fire in terminal 3. more details emerged after the shating leaving one t.s.a. dead and others injured. brian rooney has more from lax. >> the suspect paul ciancia is unresponsive and unable to talk, according to the fbi. paul ciancia was wounded in the face by police officers at the end of friday's gun battle inside lax terminal 3. a neat inside paul ciancia's bag gave insight into his frame of mind. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple t.s.a. employees. he addressed them at one point in the letter and state that he wanted to "instill fear into their traitorous minds." the fbi says paul ciancia shot t.s.a. agent gerardo i. hernandez at the screening checkpoint. went up the elevator, came down and shot gerardo i. hernandez again. his widow spoke to reporters. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated, and we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> the federal criminal complaint says paul ciancia used a smith&wesson assault rifle and w
paul ciancia now faces federal charges that could lead to the death penalty. ciancia is in critical condition at a hospital in los angeles. this afternoon, the head of the t.s.a. and the widow of officer gerardo hernandez appeared at the airport to remember the first t.s.a. officer ever killed in the line of duty. in los angeles, carter evans begins our coverage. >> reporter: moments ago, federal authorities announced the man who opened fire on t.s.a. officers at l.a. international airport carried with him multiple assault weapon magazines and a message. >> in the note that was handwritten that we found from the defendant that was signed by the defendant, we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple t.s.a. employees. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the widow of it, say officer gerardo hernandez spoke about her husband, the first officer in the agency's history to die in the line of duty. >> we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> reporter: at lax, more than 24 hours after gunfire disrupted thousands of flights, many passengers remain strande
the suspect in the shooting at los angeles international airport. officers say paul ciancia opened fire on a t.s.a. agent, walked away briefly and returned to shoot him again. the 23-year-old allegedly left a note clearly saying he was targetting security screeners. joining us live from lax is brian rooney. what else have we learnt today? >> well, we have learnt a few more details. there is surveillance video of the incident. they have not released it publicly. the public made a call for video made inside the terminal. paul ciancia faces charges, in the meantime, that could bring him the death penalty. >> the suspect paul ciancia is unable to talk, according to the federal bureau of investigation. he was wounded in the face by police officers at the end of a gun battle inside lax terminal 3. a note inside paul ciancia' bag gave insight into his frame of mind. >> he made a concess decision to kill multiple t.s.a. employees. he addressed them saying that he wanted to, "instill fear in their traitorous minds." >> paul ciancia went up the elevators, came down, shot gerardo i. hernandez again, kill
rage on t.s.a. agents. brian rooney has more. >> the suspect paul ciancia is unresponsive and unable to talk, according to the fbi. paul ciancia was wounded in the face by plifs at the end -- police officers at the end of friday's gun battle at lax terminal 3. a note inside paul ciancia's bag gave insight into his graham of mind. >> he made a decision to kill multiple tas employees. he addressed them at one point in the letter stating he wanted to "ipp still fear into their traitorous minds." >> the federal bureau of investigation says paul ciancia shot gerardo i. hernandez at the screening checkpoint, went up the elevator, came down and shot gerardo i. hernandez again, killing hip. his widow spoke to reporters. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> the federal criminal complaints says paul ciancia used a smith and weeson assault rifle, carried five hay capacity magazines and wounded three police officers. >> the federal bureau of investigation will build a ful
said tsa and i shook my head, and he kept going. >> police say airport officers followed paul ciancia to the end of the terminal, where he was shot and wounded. >> an individual came into terminal 3 of this airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal. he proceeded up into the screening area where tsa screener are, and continued shooting, and went past the screeners, back into the airport itself. >> local authorities say it could have been much worse. >> there was additional rounds that the gunman had. the fact that the officers neutralised the threat, as they did, there were more than 100 rounds that could have killed everyone in the terminal today. >> currently a parpt is in critical -- patient is in critical condition, two in fair. >> police scoured the airport. 750 flights were affected. some that never left lax, and others that never left other cities. >> they had to evacuate to the other side of the terminal. they came through five minutes later and told us we were leaving. >> passengers came streaming out of lax, pulling luggage, looking
the suspected gunman, 23-year-old paul ciancia , shot a t-s-a officer at point blank range. he then walked away, but returned moments later to shoot him again. kyung lah explains how the >> reporter: investigators are still piecing together their timeline of what happened inside terminal 3 they don't know every step of paul ciancia's path thru the terminal >> "but here's what they do know. a roommate dropped him off at the airport. he entered at about 9:20 in the morning one of these entrances at terminal 3." according to pictures like this one as well as surveillance video, the gun was a 223 caliber assault rifle, which ciancia concealed in a bag. >> "he then approached tsa officer gerardo hernandez here who was standing there where those flowers are -- this is a prescreening area and shot him point blank, multiple times in the chest. he then got on this escalator." >> "the defendant is to then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded tsa officer, going up escalator and then coming back down that escalator, to return and shoot the wounded officer again." >> reporter: "at the top of
now emerging. paul ciancia seen right here in his high school photo. a schoolmate now saying he was a loaner in class. and new information about the family man he's alleged to have targeted and killed. tsa agent gerardo hernandez. his heartbroken wife saying he was proud to work for the tsa. and in tribute tonight, lights in tsa blue as you approach l.a.x. airport. meanwhile, inside the term terminals, remnants of the chaos. the mountains of luggage left behind by passengers ordered to flee as the shots rang out. our coverage tonight begins with abc's david wright at l.a.x., where he's been since the start. >> go, go, go! >> reporter: moments before all this, paul ciancia arrived at l.a.x. like a passenger, dropped off by someone driving a black hyundai. the criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court describes a cold-blooded attack. it says video surveillance showed ciancia walking up to the tsa checkpoint in terminal three, pulling a smith and wesson assault rifle out of his bag and firing multiple shots at point blank range at a tsa officer. then, it says, as he procee
to learn what they can about the 23-year-old suspect. police identified him as paul ciancia. overnight, we learned about a series of texts he sent to his family that concerned them so much, they contacted police. cnn's dan simon joins me from los angeles. dan, good morning. what's the latest on the bags left behind by those passengers who fled terminal 3? >> reporter: yeah, good morning, allison. first of all, you have a lot of luggage that was left behind. when the shooting happened, people just bolted for the exits and just dropped their bags and left their personal belongings, and as you can imagine, people are eager to retrieve their stuff. at one point, they were going to be allowed back into terminal 3 to retrieve their belongings, but that's been on hold. the fbi is still investigating this crime scene. it's a very large crime scene. and so, it is closed indefinitely. perhaps it will reopen later this afternoon, but we've not been told of the plans. >> you think about how all of this -- all played out yesterday, this gunman shooting up -- shooting up the terminal, basically. it soun
. >> murder charges have been laid against paul ciancia, the man that opened fire in the los angeles international airport. new detail emerged about the shooting leaving one t.s.a. dead and other wounded. the shooter was clearly intent on taking out his rage on t.s.a. agents. investigators found a note he allegedly wrote saying he intended to target t.s.a. screeners. next - an update on our top story and saying goodbye to an american hero, a true pioneer. story and saying goodbye to a >>> welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at your top stories. . major developments on syria coming out of a meeting between secretary of state john kerry and egyptian officials. the leaders came up with an initiative on the crisis in syria for the geneva ii conference. it will be given to the arab foreign minister later today. >> fact stan is ree -- pack stan is re-evaluating its relationship with the united states after a drone strike killed a top taliban official. >> and charges laid against paul ciancia, for the shooting rampage at los angeles international airport. >> two kenyans won t
a shadow over rec conso man reconn efforts. >> murder charges have been filed against paul ciancia the man that opened fire inside of s angeles international airport. officals say the shooter was clearly inten intent on taking s rage on tsn agentses. >> the suspect paul ciancia is unresponsive and unable to talk according to the fbi. he was wounded in the face by police officers at the eastbound oeastbound -- end of friday's gn battle in lax's terminal three. a note inside of his bag gave insight to his frame of mind. he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. he addressed them at one point in the letter and stated he wanted to "instill fear into their traitorous minds". he shot hernandez at the screening checkpoint and went up the elevateo are and came down and shot him again killing him. his widow spoke to reporters. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i'm truly devastated. and we are all heart broken and we'll miss him dearly. the federal criminal complaint says ciancia used a smith and wesson assault rifle a
were enroute to his home before paul ciancia opened fire at the airport. ben tracy explains why they missed him. john miller found out how the gunman got the rifle into the terminal. how did the health care web site duck federal security requirements? sharyl attkisson found the answer. an n.f.l. lineman quits over alleged locker room harassment. mark strassmann tells us what it was all about. and elaine quijano on the forgotten p.o.w.s. they were captured and held in prison camps. so why did uncle sam turn his back? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. those who know paul ciancia are at a loss to explain friday's rampage at los angeles international airport and his apparent hatred for the t.s.a. today his family apologized.
. what's still unclear, what drove 23-year-old paul ciancia to target tsa. the report for wjz from la with the latest. >> a spokesperson read a statement from the family of the los angeles international airport shooting suspect. >> paul is our son and brother. we will continue to love him and care for him. we will support him during the difficult times ahead. >> officials say 23-year-old paul ciancia walked into terminal 3 of the airport on friday, pulling a suitcase with a backpack on top. there were holes in both pieces of luggage. he pulled the gun out and opened fire on tsa officer gerardo hernandez killing him. he also shot two other tsa employees and a passenger before airport police shot him four times. according to court documents ciancia left a letter saying he made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees to instill fear. the letter also talked about how easy it is to get a gun into an airport. >> lax has opened but the attack is raising questions about security at america's third largest airport. >> like many passengers noah was stopped at a police check point.
. the suspect, 23-year-old paul ciancia. the suspect had a note with an antitsa rant on it and his fear of a new world order. our affiliate got the exclusive video and they are reporting it appears to show the suspect handcuffed. cnn cannot confirm who it is. passengers are reclaiming bags abandoned in the panic. i want to get to l.a.x. with more information on the victim. >> reporter: well, don, we heard from the widow are the excruciating details of a man who by every measure was trying to live the american dream. he was talking about how he was from el salve dor and moved here at 15 years old. he went to high school here and married his high school sweetheart. they had two children. they married on valentine's day. they had two children and filled with pride at a job protecting america's airplanes. this is a lot for his wife to digest and the workers at l.a.x. to digest as well. if you go up to a tsa officer here in los angeles you will see on their badges is a black stripe. that is signifying one of their fallen officers. this is, don, the first time tsa lost an officer like this. don? >> ts
at an airport. authorities say 23-year-old paul ciancia left a note at the crime scene indicating whom he was targetting. >> the defendant paul ciancia - we are looking into his background. i know you have a lot of questions on his background. we are still examining that. that is an extensive process, it will take time. we do know, based on the complaint, that he - and based on evidence we reviewed - that he targeted specifically tsa officers. his intent was clear in his note - we did recover a note at the crime scene. in that note he indicated his anger and his malice - i would say - towards the tsa officers. there is a video of the accident as stated in the complaint. that video shows the defendant's activities during the crime yesterday. >> brian rooney joins us live from lax. what else did we learn today? >> well, they are getting into this. one thing we don't know is exactly why he tarted tsa -- targeted tsa agents. we don't know that he had a bad experience or worked for the tsa. that is still somewhat of a mystery. someone who has not gotten as much mention is the man who was kille
is identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia of los angeles who also has roots in new jersey. a note found in his bag may hold a clue to the motive and john miller will have more about that, but first we'll go to carter evens at l.a.x. >> reporter: stranded passengers are still scattered across the airport. when the shooting started this morning people ran for cover. some hid under ticket counters, others even ran out on to the tarmac and hid under a plane until the shooting stopped. the police calls at 9:20 a.m. in the middle of the morning rush at los angeles international. >> dark blue or black clothing. >> reporter: passengers inside terminal three describe shots and a stampede of terrified people heading toward tkwaors leading to the carmack. >> i didn't see his face. i just saw the gun. and i was terrified. and like everybody else was. we were all just on the ground. >> reporter: the shooting began at a tsa check point. the suspect pulled a semi automatic rifle out of its bag. los angeles police chief. >> he proceeded up into the screening area where tsa screeners are and continued shoo ent
learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a federal law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order. ciancia lived in los angeles, but he is from new jersey. police have been at his family's home in pennsville, new jersey. according to the police chief, the suspect sent text messages to his family yesterday, ranting about the government. >> basically, the text message was just a message to the little brother and the way it was written, they had some concern about it, and that's when they brought it to our attention. >> the chief says officers informed police in los angeles, but then it was too late. >>> from the moment the first shots rang out, it was chaos at l.a.x. cnn's dan simon reports on how it all happened and the personal stories of the people who had to run for their lives. >> this is going to be a major, major incident, working here at l. l.a.x. >> reporter: los angeles international airport, 9:20 a.m. local time. the fbi says 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia enters terminal 3, pulls
officer. paul ciancia is in critical condition. a woman who says she knows him well is filling in some of the blanks telling cnn what he might have been thinking and doing shortly before the incident. we have that exclusive angle to the story. good morning, miguel. >> reporter: good morning, kate. this woman has a fascinating story to tell. it is amazing she is an ordinary woman that found herself in an extraordinary circumstance. she wants to remain anonymous. she doesn't want her life associated with paul ciancia. days before this rampage, this woman says ciancia was already plotting his crime. >> he asked whether he could have a ride to the zblarpt why did he need a ride? >> he was going back home, his dad was sick. he had family issues. >> did anyone see a ticket? >> he mentioned what day he had to leave. >> reporter: she says he rarely left his san fernando apartment, describing him as socially awkward and a heavy smoker f. day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, it took his roommate by surprise. >> that morning, he doesn't knock, just opens the door and says i need to
the l.a.x. shooter was gunned down, paul ciancia told him he acted alone. >> it isn't clear why he targeted tsa officers. what he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path. here's abc's david wright. >> moments before all of this, abc news learned paul ciancia's roommate dropped him off at l.a.x., thinking ciancia just had to catch a flight. instead what unfolded was a cold-blood attack. video surveillance shows ciancia walking up to the checkpoint at terminal three, pulling a smith & wesson out of his bag, and firing multiple shots at pointblank range at an officer. he looked back at the wounded officer, who appeared in video to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the fbi says paul ciancia gunned down two more tsa officers as he shot his way through the terminal. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: the fbi said his bag contained five magazines full of ammo along with a handwritten letter signed by ciancia, addressing the tsa directly, saying, "he hoped to instill fare on your tra
the suspect paul ciancia. we're learning more about what happened in the moment of crisis and what was written on that note that he was carrying in his bag. david kerley has been following this story. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the this morning, the alleged shooter is in a hospital room said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. he'll face charges that could carry the death penalty. the criminal complaint filed in federal court saturday includes chilling new details about the ram page. the fbi said that he was dropped off at l.a.x. friday morning, in his bag, a smith and wesson assault weapons with five extra magazines like this one, fully loaded. it alleges that he walked up to the tsa and fired point-blank range. >> he faces either maximum penalty of life without the possibility of parole or the potential of the imposition of the death penalty. >> reporter: according to the complaint as he moved up the escalator he looked back at the wounded officer and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him, ciancia allegedly gunned down two more tsa worke
. the suspected gunman paul ciancia allegedly shot a tsa officer at point-blank range, went up the escalator, came down and shot him again. he's charged with murdering a federal officer and could face the death penalty. he was not a ticketed passenger but dropped off at the airport before the shooting. as reporter carter-of-ans tell us, he had more than one women. >> the man carried with him multiple assault weapon magazines and a message. >> in the note that was handwritten by the defendant and signed by the defendant, we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: the widow spoke about her husband, the first officer in the agency's history to die in the line of duty. >> we're all heartbroken and. >> reporter: many passengers remain stranded. their belongings inside the terminal they were flowing from. >> i want to go home and -- >> reporter: he's gone home to missouri. >> it was on the convey or and heard the next shop and i took off running. you can hear shots going off. >> reporter: police say 24-year- old paul ciancia shot his way through
are learning more about the. los angeles international shooting. paul ciancia. he mentioned killing tsa agents and how easy it is to get a gun. a tsa officer was killed and four others were hurt in that rarampage. paul ciancia has been charged with murder and could face the death penalty. >> the leader of the m-23 rebels declared a ceasefire. as they retreat the troops are finding mass graves chess t cloe uganda border. the fighting is not yet over. >> this patch of bush next to a former m-23 rebel base looks like any other in eastern congo. something more sinister lies within. this seale sowed soldier leads n that was buried in a shallow grave. he died recently and the smell is unpleasant. hhe died with his arms tied behind his back and his legs tied. it looks like he was executed. are there were four more bodies visible in this hole. before heavy rain buried them in mud. there are many more in the surrounding bush. it looks like he was executed. nearby soldiers in villages say there were four more body visible in this hole before heavy rain buried them in mud. and they say there are many mor
. the violence and panic inside one of america's busiest airports. and here he is. 23-year-old paul ciancia. he's accused of bringing an assault rifle and 100 rounds into los angeles international airport yesterday morning. >> there was chaos and confusion inside terminal three, as the suspect allegedly killed a tsa officer and shot two other people, before he was seriously wounded in a shoot-out with police. we have live team coverage this morning, starting with abc's cecilia vega, who has the very latest from l.a.x. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. a truly horrifying experience for passengers and workers here. but police say it could have been so much worse. they say the shooter had enough ammunition on him to shoot everyone in the terminal. overnight, the identity of that slain tsa officer revealed. he is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. on the job since 2010. transferred recently to los angeles from montana. the first-ever tsa officer killed in the line of duty. >> it's shocking. very nice guy. i'm speechless. i'm shocked. >> reporter: and the shooter, the fbi releasi
affiliate kcal and kcbs got this exclusive video, and it purportedly showing paul ciancia handcuffed to a stretcher. cnn cannot independently confirm who that person is on that stretcher. video from inside the terminal moments after shots were fired did show how chaotic it was. >> on the floor! on the floor! on the floor now! on the floor! [ shouts ] >> chill, chill, chill, chill! >> passengers ran for their lives as officers screamed to get down and get out. >>> a disturbing picture is coming together of the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a law enforcement official, he was carrying materials, including an anti-tsa rant and an reference to a new world order. chris lawrence is in pennsville, new jersey, where the suspect is from. chris, his family members and even those who know him have been saying a little bit about him and how surprised they are about these events that unfolded yesterday. >> reporter: that's right. i mean, it came as a complete shock to a lot of people here who knew the family. but when you dig a little deeper, fred, and try to find people who were
paul ciancia gunned down tsa agent gerardo hernandez. passenger scott green watched it happen. >> he had the gun down like this, so he saw him on the ground and he shot twice. >> reporter: billy bay spotted the gunman as he made his way to the gates. >> i thought he was a random passenger, very calm, stoic faced, got closer and turned a bit and saw the assault rifle strapped on his shoulder and that's when i high tailed it and ran. >> so you were surprised -- >> that he made it all the way to the gate. >> that no one stopped. >> that he wasn't stopped by then, yeah. >> reporter: l.a.x. police chief patrick gannon says he moved armed officers from behind the checkpoint to a more visible low indication in front. >> are they going to be in the exact same moment exactly when i would hoped they would be? no, it didn't happen in this case. >> reporter: officers did swarm the airport after the shooting, but witnesses wonder why they weren't there to begin with. >> i didn't make sense to me. i thought that guy had a gun and no one was this to stop him. >> ciancia is still in the hospital unr
terrorized passengers at l.a.x. the fbi digging for a motive, looking into why they say paul ciancia shot three tsa agents, killing one. >>> a strong turnout in boston. more than 1 million strong celebrating the red sox's big world series win. fans also paying tribute to the resilience of the marathon bombing survivors. >>> and buckle up. an airline is putting a new spin on those preflight safety instructions. >>> a major investigation under way at the los angeles international airport a day after a gunman burst in and killed a tsa officer. here's what we know today. tsa administrator john pistole is on his way to los angeles today. he is expected to meet with the family of killed tsa officer gerardo hernandez and others. right now l.a.x. is open, but no flights are leaving from terminal 3 where the shooting happened. a tweet from the airport says people who left things in that terminal yesterday can now get them at the ticket counter. >>> and we're also learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an
, the family is telling police they didn't see any. they say they did not know that paul ciancia had a rifle. they say there was no history of mental illness. they say paul was back here over the summer for a wedding, and at that time, everything seemed relatively normal. i talked to a friend of his who said he doesn't remember any sort of radical thoughts or ideas, anything like that, hearing anything like that expressed. the family says the first sort of indication they got that something was wrong were these text messages that he started sending to his brother. >> basically the text message was to the little brother, and the way it was written, he had some concern about it, and that's when they brought it to our attention. >> reporter: yeah, those text messages were said to be angry, rambling, alarming, something that maybe indicated that paul ciancia might try to harm himself. when the family got those messages, they called the local police here, who then got on the phone with the lapd to say, look, go check it out, make sure he's okay. the lapd went to his apartment. they found his room
the gunman paul ciancia injured. there are new details on ciancia. he is in the hospital in critical condition. and we have learned that see ciancia was shot in the head. he lives in los angeles but originally is from new jersey. teri okita reports. >> reporter: authorities actually say that someone dropped ciancia off here at l.a.x. before this shooting. he then went inside and shot a tsa multiple times at point- blank range. he then went up an escalator, came back and shot the officer again. as you mentioned, tonight, husbands driving widow remembered her husband. >> reporter: the widow of the fallen tsa officer spoke to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was deliver
alone. paul ciancia told police a friend dropped him off in front of terminal three on friday, he was carrying an assault rifle and five 30-round magazines and in his bag hundreds of more rounds. this morning, he's hospitalized, heavily sedated and under armed guard. theresa garcia reports. >> reporter: scott green was right there and ran for his life when a shooter opened fire friday at los angeles international airport. >> like he had his gun trained down like this, and he took two shots. >> reporter: police say it was 23-year-old paul ciancia who killed one tsa agent and wounded two others. investigators found a note in his duffel bag saying he wanted to kill multiple tsa agents, but so far the fbi has not found evidence of any previous run-ins he may have had with the agency. >> i thought he was just a random passenger, very calm, stoic face. >> reporter: billy bay saw the suspect walk in with an assault rifle. he says it could have been worse. >> about 100 people under benches around him hiding. if he wanted to continue to shoot, he could have. i've read since he was targetin
to friday's deadly rampage. she says the suspected gunman paul ciancia had a roommate carry out his murderous plot. here is more from miguel marques. >> reporter: days before ciancia's crime. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> reporter: why did he need a ride? >> his dad was sick and he needed to deal with family issues. >> reporter: did anyone see a ticket? >> no. >> reporter: he says ciancia rarely moved his apartment since moving here in january describing him as awkward and heavily smoker the day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, it took his roommate by surprise. >> that morning, he doesn't knock. just opens the door and says, i need to leave. can you take me now? >> reporter: his roommate believes this is when he texted family members in new jersey telling them he was going to commit suicide and that prompted frantic calls between police in new jersey and l.a. police came to ciancia's home. he has a bag, gets in the car and off they go and a short time later, a knock at the door? >> yes. >> reporter: police? >> police. >> re
, paul ciancia who authorities say opened fire with a a high powered rifle. >> security in terminal 3. >> witnesses say there was a chaotic scene saying he started shooting outside the check point. as the police raced in he made it back to the terminal near the departure gate. passengers ducked for cover and some even hid in a bathroom stall. officers had their guns drawn yelling at passengers to drop to the floor. >> on the floor! on the floor! >> as people ran as fast as they could, the panic and the lock down that followed blocked ambulances from getting close causing rescue wokers to race hundreds of yards to get the wounded to safety. witnesses say the shooter was armed with multiple guns. when he ran out of bullets in one, he allegedly grabbed another. >> i heard gunshots. a few seconds later i saw him coming up the elevator and walk by 10 feet away with his gunpointed. >> hernandez, a behavioral detection officer hired to recognize strange behavior, shot dead. two other officers injured and recovering from their wounds. police shot ciancia and he was rushed to a hospital. >> m
's news headquarters. this is 23-year-old paul ciancia armed with a semiautomatic rifle, more than 150 rounds of ammunition as well as a note allegedly outlining his mission against the tsa. listen as these people describe the chaos the moment he opened fire. >> two gunshots going off and i looked at my boyfriend and he said, those are gunshots. he was like, run. we literally just ran down the stairs. >> tsa was running with us. they said, keep running, keep running. there was probably another 15 to 20 shots that we heard behind us. we just kept running. >> it was like a dream. it wasn't real. it was like a movie. it was so intense. it wasn't normal to hear that. we all just panicked. >> live today with the latest. how is it looking? looks pretty quiet behind you as you can see from this monitor. >> they look like they're try to get back to businesses as quickly as possible. this is terminal one which wasn't affected hardly at all. behind us, terminal two where a lot of the passengers were directed and taken out through there. we've seen people coming back to the airport. those who wer
on the shooting at l.a.x. we're learning more about the suspect paul ciancia. who's now facing federal murder charges, as we're learning more about what actually happened in the moment of crisis and what was written on the note that he was carrying in his bag. abc's david wright has been covering the story from the jump. he's at l.a.x. this morning. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. this morning, the alleged gunman is in a hospital room a few miles away from here, said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he ever does regain consciousness, he'll face charges that could take the death penalty. the criminal complaint filed in federal court saturday includes chilling new details about the rampage. the fbi said that he was dropped off at l.a.x. friday morning, in his bag, a smith and wesson assault rifle like this one, with five extra magazines, fully loaded. the fbi alleges that he walked up to the tsa check point and fired multiple shots at point blank range to a tsa officer. >> in these circumstances, the defendant faces either maximum penalty of life wit
-year-old paul ciancia lies under guard in a hospital bed, leaving behind a bloody trail to speak for him. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> the proof, says the fbi, a signed hand-written letter in his bag telling the tsa he wanted to instill fear on your traitorous mind. >> he says if i kill one my mission is accomplished. >> a complaint says he entered terminal three with a bag holding a smith and weston semi automatic rifle with five spare magazines fully loaded. he pulled out the gun and walked up to the tsa checkpoint and fired multiple shots at point-blank range at a tsa officer, and as he moved up thees later he looked back at the wounded officer, who in video appeared to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the government shot down at least two more tsa officers before four police bullets put him on the ground. >> it will be the decision of the attorney general of the united states whether or not to seek the death enemy this case. >> gerardo hernandez, the first tsa officer to die in the line of duty. >> he took pride
entrance where investigators say 23-year-old paul ciancia gunned down tsa agent gerardo hernandez. passenger scott greene watched it happened. >> he had the gun down like this, so i imagine the person that he shot was on the ground already, and he shot twice. >> reporter: billy bey spotted the gunman as he made his way towards the gates. >> i thought he was just a random passenger. very calm, but then as he got closer and turned a bit i saw, you know, the assault rifle strapped on his shoulder and that's when i just high tailed it and ran. >> reporter: so you were surprised. >> that he made it all the way to the gates. >> reporter: that no one stopped him. >> that he wasn't stopped by then, yeah litt. >> reporter: lax police chief says he recently moved armed officers from behind the check point to a more visible location in front. >> are they going to be in the exact same moment, exactly when i want them, when i would hoped they would be, no, it didn't happen in this particular case. >> reporter: officers did swarm the airport after the shooting but witnesses wonder why they were
-old paul ciancia came prepared with an assault rifle. high capacity magazines. a bag of ammunition and a handwritten manifesto. >> we found a statement where we he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: as he made his way through the terminal, ciancia reportedly asked some people if they were with tsa. and moved on when they responded no. but at the security checkpoint, he opened fire. tsa officer gerardo hernandez who was about to celebrate his 40th birthday was killed. agents tony grigsby and james speer shown here were both wounded. as was teacher brian ludmer. ciancia made it about 100 yards into the terminal, before police shot him multiple times and took him into custody. officials are waiting to interview him to gain motives into the shooting. >>> the head coach of the nfl houston texans gary kubiak is recovering after he collapsed on the field during last night's game. as kubiak walked off at halftime, he stopped and squatted down. houston's general manager told nbc, that kubiak was lig light-headed and dizzy. he was removed on a stretcher an
of gerardo hernandez. he is the tsa officer killed friday in the los angeles shooting. the suspect, paul ciancia, reportedly told police he acted alone. he has been charged with murdering a federal officer. he could face the death penalty if convicted. >>> birmingham is back open this morning after a bomb threat. an employee found a note containing the threat in a bathroom. bomb squad technicians searched the facility and police confirmed nothing was found. flights were diverted or delayed during the two hour shutdown. >>> the trial of egyptian president mome mohammed morsi was adjourned the first day of the trial because of the defendant chanting. egypt's official news agency says morris say arrived by helicopter at a police academy. he is be being charged with incitement of violence and murder. he was previously being held in an unknown military location. >>> well the president is going to hit the road this week and trying to improve the image of his healthcare plan. he is going to meet with volunteers in dallas. >> this comes as 55% of americans say they now have enough information to
. the fbi says paul anthony ciancia a white male 23 pull as rifle and opens fire. at the security check point tsa officers not armed or shot, one is killed. >> he preceded to the screening area and continued shooting and went past the screeners back into the airport itself. >> reporter: authorities say after shooting his way through the security check point the gunman makes it all the way down this hallway and stopped by authorities here near a burger king in the food court area, hundreds run for their lives. >> it was complete panic. people were screaming. you know, children crying. >> cure and utter may ham. people tripping over each other. bags everywhere. crying, screaming. >> everybody started like flying down the hallway and they were just like jumping over chairs, jumping over people. hiding in -- we were kind of trapped at the end of the terminal. >> trapped with nowhere else to escape some run on the airport tarmac and others use everything they can to protect them severals. >> second shots and i grabbed luggage and made walls and walls out of luggage and seen the guy walking t
. >> the man police say was the shooter, 23-year-old paul ciancia from pennsville new jersey is in critical continue in a los angeles hospital. a law enforcement official saying paul ciancia had a note in his bag saying he wanted to kill tsa employees. >> his family called police in los angeles looking for help after receiving a message from their son saying he was going to hurt himself. >> we followed up doing a wellbeing check. he was not home. lapd advised me they'd contact us as soon as they made contact to alert the family that he was okay. i discovered from the ap that paul was the suspect. >> jonathan, we expect to hear from the federal bureau of investigation in less than an hour. they've been sparing with details over the last 24 hours. we don't know what they'll say. obviously they are investigating the background of the shooter and why this happened. >> do we have any idea of what may have motivated him to go inside the airport and inflict damage? >> he left a note in his bag talking about killing tsa agents. i think there are hints, certainly in texts that he sent to his family
-old paul ciancia is accused of shooting a tsa workers. pulling an assault rifle of his bag. 1500 flights were affected, of 116,000 passengers. brian rooney is on site. have we learnt about the suspect and what may have motivated the attack? >> they have been very sparing with details about this. apparently he left a note in his bag saying that he was going after the tsa, and possibly federal officials. i think there's a hint of some sort of mental illness here, but we are not getting much out of the authorities. one thing that was not said in the press conference is that terminal three, where the shooting took place, has been released by the fbi as a crime scene. the airport is cleaning up the terminal. they tell me between two and 4:00 pm local time things should be returned to normal. a lot of people will be trickling in for who knows how long coming to get baggage and hand-held items left in the terminal when the shooting started. >> we want to go back to the press conference, we are listening to chief patrick gannon with the airport police. >> ..we held a large-scale exercise at ont
was able to answer critical questions after he was shot. law enforcement officials said paul ciancia said a friend dropped him at the airport, but he acted alone. paul ciancia killed a t.s.a. employee and four others. >> older americans are against proposals that would cut social security benefits. 60% of americans 50 and older do not want the government to change how it determines cost of living. 60% are against raising the elegibility age. and 60% say benefits should not be reduced for seniors with high n. >> what does a small california town have in common with villages in costa rica, japan, sardinia and greece? they are all blue zones, with the longest living people in the world. jennifer went to the only living blue zone in the states to find out. >> 60 miles east of los angeles you mind the see of lomalinsor. it's a university town, one of five places around the world where people live measurably longer, healthier lives. >> the day we met this man, he mowed his lawn and tended his garden. what is remarkable, four years ago he retired from a long, successful career as a heart surgeo
. at least one of them is in critical condition. the suspect is identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia of los angeles who has roots in new jersey. he is wounded and in custody. a note found in his bag may hold the clues to a motive. john miller will have more about that but first carter evans is at lax for us this evening. carter? >> reporter: scott, terminal 3 is still shut down. many of the roads in and out of lax are closed. and stranded passengers are scattered all over the airport as the investigation continues. the police calls began at 9:20 a.m. in the middle of the morning rush at los angeles international. >> black blue or dark clothing. >> reporter: passengers inside terminal 3 describe shots and then a stampede of terrified people heading toward doors leading out to the tarmac. >> i didn't see his face. i just saw the gun. and i was terrified. and like everybody else was. we were all just on the ground. >> reporter: the shooting began at a tsa check point. the suspect pulled a semi auction rifle out of its bag. los angeles police chief. >> he pred up into the screening area where t
to the airport gates. nbc news, according to law enforcement officials, say he's paul anthony ciancia, 23 years old, u.s. citizen. apparently not related to the tsa. there were conflicting reports earlier. authorities say seven people in all were injured. six taken to local hospitals. ciancia's condition is not known but apparently he was shot by police. authorities at the airport say that the situation is static now. that operations in some parts of the airport will be back to normal but not necessarily in terminal 3, which includes allegiant, frontier, jetblue and virgin america. there have been ripple effects in traffic control system across the country as traffic was stopped, ground hold, for flights headed to los angeles and all the way across the country in new york. the port authority of new york and new jersey says it has stepped up patrols at three new york area airports just in case. but no direct result, they say, in terms of air traffic from the situation at l.a.x. back to you. >> scott, thank you. let's actually get more details on the impact it's had on the airport itself and the
airport at terminal three. this video captures the panic after the suspect, 23-year-old paul ciancia, approached the checkpoint and pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag. he shot and killed one tsa agent and wounded at least three others. >> the first shot went out and it was a loud bang. i mean, boom! >> everybody panicked. everybody dropped to the ground. >> the shooter seemed to be aiming at tsa officers. a man was holding up his bloody arm. this man barely escaped. >> he was carrying a rifle and he looked at me, and he said tsa? with a question mark. i just shook my head and he kept going. >> some went to the bathrooms and some headed for exits and some hid under a chair. >> i wanted to help them, but i also wanted to cover myself. >> i caught up with him near the rear of the terminal, and that's where an officer-involved shooting occurred. >> the shooter went down wounded. his rifle fell where he did and not a moment too soon. >> there was more than 100 more rounds that literally could have killed everybody in the terminal. >> reporter: as for terminal three, it's been taken
. 23-year-old paul ciancia. police say he's the shooter. he remains in critical condition today, unable to speak with investigators. but we are starting to learn more about ciancia. and possibly some of his motives. we're also learning more about what happened just before the shooting, from someone who knew ciancia and his roommates. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> why did he need a ride? >> he said he was going back home, either that his dad was kind of sick and he had to deal with family issues. >> did anyone ever see a ticket? >> no. he also didn't mention what day he had to leave. that morning yes, he doesn't knock, just opens the door and says, i need to leave. can you take me now? >> did he ever express any hatred toward the government or toward the tsa? >> all nsa findings that came out this year that he was very upset about it and he also thought that tsa abused their power. >> well let's bring in stephanie elam, who is covering the story from los angeles. stephanie, were police actually close to stopping this before it happened? there
-old paul ciancia. police say he entered terminal 3 here at lax, opened fire, killing a tsa agent, injuring at least seven others before he himself was wounded in a gun battle. now, this all happened at a busy terminal 3 at 9:30 in the morning on friday, during the middle of the morning rush. police say ciancia walked into the terminal, pulled out an assault rifle, killed one, moved past security into the terminal where he was pursued by police and later taken into custody. the tsa agent is identified as gerardo hernandez. passengers during all of this hid inside restrooms, many poured out on to the tarmac. there was bloodshed and chaos that filled the terminal. investigators were able to shut down the terminal. 167,000 passengers here at lax, the third busiest in the country were affected by this. the terminal today remains shut down although the other terminals are operational. it was chaos and confusion all day yesterday, lester. but the suspect is in custody, lester. >> miguel almaguer at lax. thank you. >>> pete williams has more on the investigation into the suspect and also a possibl
that as he was arrested, the gunman, suspected it to be paul ciancia, the 23-year-old from new jersey said to them he acted alone and he had been dropped off at the airport by a friend. right now according to that law enforcement official he is sedated. we understand he is at the ronald reagan ucla medical center and he is -- as the fbi was saying he is unresponsive. he has an armed guard apparently standing next to him. and details of really what happened in the airport as he made his way into terminal 3, shooting one guard, seeing the guard injured and coming back to shoot him again. and the authorities in a criminal complaint laying out charges against him, one of killing a federal officer and also committing violence at an international airport. they found a note on him and apparently according to authorities this is what it said inside. from a bag he was carrying with him, it had been signed by ciancia saying this -- this a direct quote from the fbi, that he made a conscious decision to try and kill multiple tsa employees. quite clearly his motivations very much center around a grudge
at lax's terminal 3 processing the crime scene. paul ciancia pulled out a semiautomatic rifle and began shooting. >> i just saw the gun and i was just terrified and like everybody else was and we're all just on the ground. >> 39-year-old tsa officer jerardi hernandez was killed. federal agents brought food to the family's home and neighbors say they're shocked. >> my heart goes out to them, and i pray that the lord would give them peace and strength to go through this. >> the head of the tsa will arrive here later today. he'll be with hernandez's family and two other agents wounded in the shooting. >> in a note found in the 23- year-old's bag he called himself aed off patriot and said he believed his constitutional rights were being violated by tsa searches. ciancia's father told police about a suicidal text message from his son. >> the text message was a message to the little brother and the way it was written we had some concern about it. >> his former los angeles roommates said they never suspected he was capable of such violence. >> thank you edward. kai jackson continues our comple
picture over night. paul ciancia, an l.a. resident, who authorities say opened fire with a high-power rifle, inside terminal three friday morning. >> we have an active shooting in terminal three. >> reporter: witnesses describe a chaotic scene, saying he started shooting right outside the security checkpoint, as police raced in, he made it all the way to the back of the terminal, near the departure gate. passengers ducked for cover. some even hid in a bathroom stall. officers had their guns drawn, yelling at passengers to drop to the floor. >> everybody on the floor. on the floor, now. >> reporter: and after people ran as fast as they could -- >> go, go. >> reporter: the panic and lockdown that followed blocked accidents from getting close, causing rescuers to run hundreds of yards to get the wounded to safety. when the shooter ran out of bullets in one, he allegedly grabbed another. >> i heard gunshots. a few weekends later, i saw him come up the elevator, and walk about ten feet away from me with his guns pointed. >> reporter: hernandez, a behavioral detection officer, trained
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